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FCC’s Pai cancels CES because of ‘death threats’

January 5, 2018

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has cancelled an appearance at the CES trade show – that would have coincided with release of the net neutrality roll back order –  after allegedly receiving death threats.

The exact nature of the threat, made in advance of Pai’s fireside chat, isn’t clear, but Recode reports that two agency sources have confirmed the threat. It’s the second time Pai’s safety has been threatened and the agency is concerned that their ability to publicly debate issues is being jeopardiased.

But sources at the agency said that federal law enforcement had intervened in the matter, and other FCC offices are expected to be briefed on the matter. The FBI has not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

CES has made no comment other than to confirm the cancellation.

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